Sensors for Toyota 4Runner
The 4Runner from Toyota is a premium SUV with off-road capabilities that just about every Toyota dealer has in their inventory. Whether you opt for the TRD or the SR5, your Toyota 4Runner is dependent on sensors, as a lot of information is sent to sensors so that the various systems in your vehicle can run properly. In addition, via sensors, your car can communicate with you and provide you with information about how it is functioning.What does a sensor do?
A sensor is responsible for identifying details about a system or the environment so that you or your vehicle's computer can make adjustments. Many of the sensors feed information to your vehicle so that the engine runs properly. Other sensors will appear on your dashboard’s instrument panel in such areas as the tachometer and odometer.What are some of the different sensors?
Each sensor performs a different function. Here are some examples.
- Air flow sensor: Measures the amount of air flowing into the engine of the vehicle.
- Speed sensor: Identifies the speed you are driving so that you can go faster or slower.
- Fuel level sensor: Identifies how much fuel is in your fuel tank so you know when it's time to go to the gas station.
- Rain sensor: Senses how much rain is on your windshield so your windshield wipers can adjust their speed.
- Oil level sensor: Identifies how much oil is in your engine so you know when it's time for an oil change.
Original equipment manufacturers brand their parts by the car manufacturer. OEM genuine parts are the premium ones used by Toyota at the factory and the dealership, ensuring that they will fit your SUV. Manufacturers of aftermarket products can also produce high-quality parts that will fit your Toyota 4Runner Limited or another trim level.How do you buy sensors for a Toyota 4Runner?
Consider the following details to ensure that you buy the correct sensors for your Toyota 4Runner.
- System: Determine what system needs the sensor.
- Model year: Ensure that the sensor you purchase fits your particular make and model of Toyota 4Runner.
- OEM versus aftermarket: Determine what brand to buy, such as OEM genuine Toyota parts.
- Kits: You can find full kits that include wiring and mounting hardware as required for installation.
Replace the sensors by removing the existing ones. You may need to re-wire the sensor, re-synch it with the computer, or simply plug it in and allow the computer to sense that a new one is in place. Follow the instructions in your 4Runner’s owner's manual to determine the proper installation procedure for the specific sensor you are trying to replace. Once you have your new sensors, you'll be ready for more road trips and off-road adventures in no time.